Dog breeding licences are valid for one year (1 January to 31 December) so you must renew your licence before the expiry date if you wish to continue to breed dogs.

A breeding establishment is defined as any premises where the business of breeding dogs for sale is undertaken.

    Who can apply?

    A dog breeding licence will not be issued if you have been disqualified under any of the following Acts:

    How to apply

    You’ll not be awarded a licence if you’ve been disqualified from keeping a breeding establishment, keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951 or keeping an animal boarding establishment under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

    Complete the relevant application forms and send to

    Fees and charges

    On application:

    • £82.02

    On successful application:

    • £191.34 for 1-6 bitches and initial vet fee only
    • £246.06 for 7+ bitches and vet fee every visit
    After we receive your application

    Once we receive your application and fee, an officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out an inspection of your premises. The officer will be accompanied by an approved vet who will set the licensing conditions.

    The vet’s licence fee will be collected after the inspection.

    Your licence will only be issued to you when all the necessary inspections and checks have been carried out and the premise meets the required standards.


    You can appeal if:

    • you're refused a licence
    • you're a licence holder and are unhappy with a condition attached to your licence
    • you're unhappy with the decision of a licence review and the withdrawing of a certificate

    If you're planning to appeal, please contact the council in the first instance at Appeals must then be made to the local magistrates' court within 21 days of the licensing decision.


    If a member of the public has a complaint about your licence, we always advise for that person to contact you directly, preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery.

    If that has not worked, we advise the person to contact the Citizens Advice Guide, or the UK European Consumer Centre if they’re outside the UK.

    Any person objecting to an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence may give written notice of their objection to the council, stating the grounds of the objection, within 28 days of the date of the application. Please email